Massachusetts hospitals want assurances before tax passes

Hospitals in Massachusetts signaled willingness to support a $250 million tax on hospitals recommended by Gov. Charlie Baker if the state meets certain conditions, according to the Lowell Sun. Bay State healthcare providers are lobbying for changes to make sure they are reimbursed. For the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) to support the proposal, "the tax must be made contingent upon a sunset date that aligns with the 5-year term of the waiver; specific assurances must be included to ensure that hospitals are made 'whole, as a class' each year of the waiver; and the tax must cease if hospitals are not made 'whole, as a class," according to an MHA memo. Article